Renowned photo-journalist Isaac Pereira was visiting Hong Kong yesterday and asked me to bring him to places where he could find “analog” film and paper. After scoring what he needed in Mong Kok, I suggested a visit to Champagne Court in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s one of those rare gems in Hong Kong, a one-floor shopping center that’s primarily devoted to used film cameras. The selection in the shops there is truly mind-boggling.
Here’s something you won’t see every day – an 8mm Nikon lens. (HK$12,000 is approximately US$1,500.)
Yeah, they have a few Rolleiflex’s.
More Hasselblad’s than you could shake a stick at (if that’s your idea of a good time).
Ever just look at a camera and wonder what it has seen in its lifetime?
Bonus photo – Isaac was shooting some Sony promo girls showing off Sony’s new tablet computer thingie. I took the opportunity to get this photo of him. (Okay, I did get some shots of the Sony girls too but I think this photo is more interesting.)
The Sleeves is one of my favorite Hong Kong bands at the moment. I’ve seen them live several times and been impressed with them each time. They’ve been around for four years and describe their sound as “crunch & groove, croon & fuzz, beat & melody.” They released their first album, Arcade Rock, last year. You can find them playing live somewhere in Hong Kong almost every week – a couple of months back they put together the “Brit Rock” showcase at Hong Kong Brew House and they played at this year’s Clockenflap festival.
I invited them to join me at PASM Workshop for a photo shoot and here are some of the results.
Here’s singer-guitarist Keith Goodman.
Lead guitarist Pete Gordon:
Andrew Gardner on bass:
And drummer Matt Coleman:
If you’d like to hire me to shoot your band, on stage, in the studio or out on location, please send me an email.